ANNUAL GALA 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Westin St. Francis Hotel Alexandra's 335 Powell Street, San FranciscO
On Thursday, May 8, 120 of the Impact Fund's friends and supporters joined us in San Francisco to celebrate our 21st Anniversary and to recognize the heroes who fight for social justice through impact litigation.
Impact Fund Grant Advisory Committee member, Michael Caesar, served as the evening's emcee. We honored the T.R. v. Quigley Litigation Team for their relentless work challenging the State of Washington's failure to provide adequate mental health services for children. The award was accepted by Leecia Welch, Senior Attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, and David Carlson, Director of Legal Advocacy at Disability Rights Washington. They were joined at the podium by Tina Fricke, a 19-year old young woman and named plaintiff in the case. Tina's courage in pursuing the case was an inspiration for all of us.
We also honored former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey L. Bleich, for his outstanding efforts and unparalleled dedication to public service. His former boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sent her best wishes and detailed some of his many accomplishments during his tenure. She described Jeff as a "tireless champion for the disadvantaged." She also expressed her gratitude for the Impact Fund's "efforts to train lawyers to promote social justice" and for giving grants "to advance the rule of law across the globe." Read Secretary Clinton's letter here
Thank you to our friends and sponsors who shared this memorable evening with us, and to the rest of our community for your steadfast support.
Champion Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation, Inc. Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation Sheila Thomas
Benefactor Mayerson/Tinker Family Sanford Heisler, LLP
Firm Patron Dickson Geesman LLP Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Firm Friend Campins Benham-Baker, LLP Creitz & Serebin, LLP Davis, Cowell & Bowe, LLP Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho KCC Keker & Van Nest LLP Kieve Law Offices Lawson Law Offices Leonard Carder, LLP Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. Lozeau | Drury LLP Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C. Neyhart, Anderson, Flynn & Grosboll N.S. Bienstock, Inc. Outten & Golden LLP Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP
Individual Patron Jeff and Becky Bleich Eric Havian and Jean Jarvis Meryl Macklin
Individual Friend Maria Anguiano Anonymous Diane Chin Jon B. Eisenberg Lainey Feingold Jim Finberg Abby Ginzberg John Harrington Diane Krantz and William Carroll Jocelyn D. Larkin and Christopher Patti Alan Ramo Judy Rosenberg and Greg Andreas Robert Rubin Sarah Carpenter and Robert Newman Foundation Dara Schur and Miye Goishi Doron Weinberg and Marilyn Waller
Non-Profit Friend ACLU of Northern California Bay Area Legal Aid Disability Rights California Equal Justice Society Equal Rights Advocates Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center National Center for Youth Law National Employment Lawyers Association National Partnership for Women & Families NJP Litigation Consulting/West Public Advocates, Inc. Public Citizen